Informatie over minors
Food Forensics & ToxicologyMinor
Minornaam NL Food Forensics & Toxicology
Minornaam EN Food Forensics & Toxicology
Opleiding Life Sciences & Technology (coordination via Biotechnology).
Investigating II
Experimenting II
Food Forensics
- Gain knowledge of food forensic issues and case studies
- Gain knowledge of forensic investigation methods within the food sector
- Gain knowledge and insight of production processes of food
- Gain insight into and apply quality and information management (eg HACCP, TACCP, VACCP)
- Gain knowledge, insight and apply advanced analytical chemistry techniques that are relevant for the theme of food forensics
- Gain knowledge of molecular biology techniques that are relevant for the theme of food forensics
- The student gains knowledge of and applies (advanced) data analysis techniques
- Gain knowledge of relevant legal frameworks

Forensic Toxicology
- Gain knowledge of the field of toxicology (including toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics, organ toxicology, risk assessment, post-mortem toxicology)
- Gain knowledge of toxicological assays
- Apply methods used to investigate toxicological responses
- Carry out a scientific toxicological literature study
- Gain knowledge of factors that influence drug addiction
- Gain knowledge of pathological responses
- Gain knowledge of the procedure of an autopsy (incl. case studies)
- Interpret (forensic) toxicological data
Food Forensics
Fraud with food can lead to economical damage to the food business, loss of consumer’s confidence in products and it can bring along health hazards. This minor offers students the possibility to become competent in several aspects of fraud detection in the food business focusing on the detection, investigation and prevention of food crime. In the minor knowledge of different disciplines is offered and integrated namely food technology, forensic sciences and chemical and biological detection methods. Students will follow specified courses about food defense, food fraud, food technology, detection strategies and analytical techniques. ‘True food crime stories’ will be analyzed and reconstructed. Chemical and biological forensic analysis methods will be weighed and used as conclusive evidence. With the acquired knowledge students will carry out their own investigations in food fraud.

Does a certain substance in food pose a health hazard? Is waste dumping damaging to the
environment? How do you determine if a substance contributed to an unnatural death?
Students acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to answer
these kinds of questions. Various (forensic) toxicological examples will be discussed by
several (external) experts. After that the students will apply their newly-acquired knowledge in a (forensic) toxicological case-study, in which method-development, toxicological interpretation and compiling a report are the focal points.
Majoronderwijs-eenheden Not relevant
Doelgroep* Primary for students who follow one of the following specializations:
-forensic sciences
However, the minor is also open to other students who are interested and meet the entry requirements. If in doubt, contact the course coordinator.
Meerwaarde* - Unique minor that meets labour market needs
- Interdisciplinary: students from different study programs take part. Knowledge is offered at your own level.
- Case studies (in small groups) and research questions from practice are included (partly from the professorship Safety in the Food Chain).
- Company visits to get affinity with the industry
- Good preparation for an internship project in toxicology, food fraud, or analytical chemistry.
Werkvorm(en) en studiebelasting
Lectures including various guest lectures
Work meetings / tutor groups
Drafting a research proposal
Perform research
Presentation / jury discussions
Field trips
30 EC= 840 h in total
Beoordelingsschaal Minor Mark (1-10, 0,1 increments)
- Theoretical exam twice (written): mark
- Practical assignment food defense & fraud *: mark
- Case study food Fraud*: mark
- Case study toxicology*: mark
* These assessments apply per working group, but will be individual if necessary.
Verplichte literatuur Casarett & Doull’s Essentials of Toxicology, 9780071847087
Minorcoördinator Marije Strikwold
Contactpersoon informatieverzoeken* Marije Strikwold
Taal onderwijsuitvoering X Engels (Dutch if no foreign students participate)
Studiepunten (credits) 30
Onderwijsvorm* Full-time
Aangeboden in onderwijsperioden  Periode 1 en 2
X Period 3 and 4
Aanvang inschrijfperiode* February 2021
Einde inschrijfperiode*  
Verplichte contacturen*
It is assumed that students can be available from Monday to Friday. Scheduling varies per week.
Ingangseisen VHL-studenten
At least 100 EC obtained in a course in Forensic Sciences, Chemistry, Food, Life Sciences or related study. The course biochemistry must be followed and the student should have some laboratory experience (chemical and / or (molecular) biological).
Ingangseisen externe studenten* At least 100 EC obtained in a course in Forensic Sciences, Chemistry, Food, Life Sciences or related study. The student should have basic knowledge of biochemistry and some laboratory experience (chemical and / or (molecular) biological).
Documenten aanleveren voor ingangseisen*
Based on the study program of the external student, the course coordinator determines which specific documents must be submitted.
Capaciteit/ wachtlijst Maximum number of participants is 24
Contactpersoon M Strikwold (tel: 0582846263, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Food Forensics & Toxicology 2021